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Today’s Music News: Rumors of LCD Soundsystem reunion are unfounded

James Murphy performs with LCD Soundsystem at Coachella in 2010 (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)

When rumors of a planned LCD Soundsystem reunion started circulating, fans’ hopes rose—but then they fell again, as James Murphy‘s DFA Records co-founder Jonathan Galkin declared the rumors false. LCD Soundsystem have been dissolved since a high-profile final show in 2011. (Pitchfork)

Yeah, this happened: Prince serenaded Madonna at Paisley Park. Read Andrea Swensson’s story about the late-night encounter, and watch for Jay Gabler’s review of Madonna’s Thursday night concert at the Xcel Energy Center.

Ballots for the next Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony are out—and it looks like this isn’t going to be the year for the Replacementsthe Cure, or Bon Jovi. Among this year’s nominees are the CarsNWAJanet JacksonCheap TrickDeep PurpleLos Lobos, and ten-time nominee Chic. (The Current)

Frank Zappa‘s widow Gail Zappa has died, after a battle with lung cancer, at age 70. Gail Zappa worked extensively with her husband’s archive after his 1993 death, overseeing the release of a number of posthumous albums. The couple’s son Ahmet Zappa has been overseeing his father’s trust since earlier this year. (Rolling Stone)

Island Records announced that a soundtrack for the Amy Winehouse documentary Amy will be released on Oct. 30. The soundtrack will include numerous Winehouse rarities, as well as tracks from Anthony Pinto‘s instrumental score for the movie. (Pitchfork)

Father John Misty says that representatives of Taylor Swift contacted him after he deleted his VelvetUnderground-style covers of “Blank Space” and “Welcome to New York,” encouraging him to put the tracks back online again. Earlier, Father John Misty explained that he deleted the tracks—posted online in the wake of Ryan Adams‘s 1989 cover album—because Lou Reed appeared to him in a dream and told him to take them down. (Now, for the record, Father John Misty says the dream story was “surrealistic nonsense.”) (Pitchfork)

Speaking of Taylor Swift, why doesn’t her posse—which encompasses such diverse performers as Haim and Joan Baez—include FKA Twigs? FKA Twigs, by way of explaining how her own relationship with her fans is different than Swift’s, told Paper magazine, “I think Taylor Swift is great, but I wouldn’t necessarily think, ‘Oh my god, I have to be friends with her.'” (Billboard)

A new video for Will Butler‘s song “Anna” stars a light-footed Emma Stone. (Rolling Stone)

Justin Bieber‘s lawyers are cracking down on publications that have shared paparazzi photos of the star completely nude on vacation in Bora Bora. “We recently became informed that your company has obtained and is distributing unauthorized photographs of our Client including images showing him without clothing,” Bieber’s team drolly wrote in a cease-and-desist letter sent to the New York Post. (Billboard)

Pop star Selena Gomez has revealed that a stint in a rehab facility earlier this year wasn’t due to chemical dependency issues, as some observers had speculated: she’s fighting lupus, an autoimmune disease. (Billboard)

Christmas has come early for the family of a prolific American songwriter. You might not recognize the name J. Fred Coots (1897-1985), but he’s responsible—with cowriter Haven Gillespie—for the most-performed holiday song of all time. A decision handed down Thursday from the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals decreed that the heirs of Coots will now hold the rights to his song “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” which had long belonged to EMI. (Billboard)